Christopher Speight hearing delayed for mental evaluation

By Rachel DePompa - bio | email

APPOMATTOX, VA (WWBT) - A hearing for the man accused of gunning down eight people in Appomattox was delayed today.

Prosecutors say the court is still awaiting word on whether 39-year-old Christopher Speight is competent to stand trial.

According to court documents filed by his attorneys, Speight has episodes in which he hears voices and see "entities".

A mental evaluation for Speight is not expected to completed for several months.

Speight is charged with capital murder in the deaths or four family members and four family friends.

If convicted he faces the death penalty.

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